Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Facebook Changes 9-2011 (and the accompanying whining)

I never can tell when all the whining when Facebook changes something are actual problems or not.

Seems like the hatred goes for a few days and then everyone stops complaining and it is their new best friend again.  Then another change happens and the begging begins for Facebook to change it back to the thing that was horribly broken just months before.

Netflix the New Netzero

I remember when Netzero had the ad campaign, "We will always be free."  Shortly after that they cut their free users down to 40 hours a month and shortly after that they cut them back to 10 hours a month.  I left them shortly after that, so I have no idea if they still have any level of free at all.

The news that is circulating about Netflix is starting to smack of that sort of business moves.  They have marketing their product as unlimited for a monthly fee.  Netflix seems to keep shifting what unlimited means.  First it was DVDs and streaming together.  Stream as much as you want and cue up as many disks as you want.

Next they separated DVD service from streaming.  Now they are starting this new company called Qwikster to do the DVD portion of the business.

I have anticipated for a while that they would raise the prices after they crushed video stores enough, but I now wonder with all this gyrating, if they won't shortly cut the unlimited and end up with just renting one movie like with Walmart's and Amazon's streaming services.

Friday, September 16, 2011

M&Ms Melt In Your Mouth Not In Your Hands

M&Ms Melt in your mouth not in your hands.  What kind of nonsense marketing is this?  Clearly when I hold a handful of M&Ms in my hand, within seconds my hand is rainbow colored.  Does the color coming off on my hand not constitute the M&M melting?  Was there fine print in the M&M Mars advertising that I missed that states that the not melting refers to the chocolate?  Thus, since the candy coating is still in place when I get rainbow hand, it does not constitute melting.

I have not done this research, but if one holds M&Ms in their hand for twenty minutes does the chocolate melt through the coating.  Also, I would imagine that even if the M&M chocolate is not coming through the candy coating it is likely melting on the inside.  This would seem to be melting in my hand, even if it is not melting on my hand.